Rider focus more important than setup at Austin - Zarco

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Monster Yamaha’s Johann Zarco will make his Austin MotoGP debut at the weekend and says that he will focus on his own riding and finding the perfect line rather than chasing a setup.

Because COTA has some 20 corners, Zarco believes it is more important for a rider to link those up faultlessly than to spend time tinkering with clickers and adjusters.

“The Circuit of the Americas is impressive and I am confident that I can seal a good result there with my Yamaha. The layout is demanding because there are twenty corners and it’s certainly physical. However, I have a good record in Texas and I have finished on the podium twice in the past two years in Moto2,” said the Frenchman.

“At the moment, my feeling on the YZR-M1 bike is great and after the 5th place finish in Argentina, I want to stay on this level. Yet, when we start, I will stay relaxed and I will work with the team and on myself because, at this venue, it’s vital to understand the direction that we need to head towards as there are so many corners.

“If you make one small mistake, it takes almost half a lap to recover, so therefore, it’s more important to work on the rider and to find the perfect line on the asphalt, rather than focusing too much on finding the ideal setup. Nevertheless, I am keen to race in America, and I will go there with a high level of motivation because, at the moment, my feeling is wonderful.”

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